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"No one wants to return to the days where insurers discriminated against patients with so-called pre-existing conditions," said Tong.
New York Attorney General Letitia James called the case "another attempt to control women’s bodies, their choices and their freedom."
Soon after the ratification of the hospital agreement came word that a federal appeals court has ruled that the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate is unconstitutional, in light of the U.S. Congress’ elimination of the tax penalty that was intended to enforce it.
The senator accused the Trump Administration of being "hell-bent" in denying ACA access to Americans.
The survey reported that, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the national uninsured rate rose in 2018 to 8.5% from 7.9% in 2017 -- the first year there was an increase since the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, took effect.
“We are committed to upholding the ACA and the support it provides to the residents of our state,” said AHCT CEO James Michel.
As for ongoing concerns about the possibility of major reforms to, or repeal of, the Affordable Care Act, new CEO James Michel dismissed it as “background noise."
The private companies selling individual plans in the New York State of Health marketplace had asked for rate increases averaging 24 percent, but the state instead approved rate increases averaging 8.6 percent.
The proposed average individual rate increase request is 12.3 percent, while the proposed average small group rate increase is 10.22 percent.
The 14 insurers operating in the state’s individual health insurance marketplace requested, on average, a 24 percent rate hike, up significantly from last year’s average requests of 17 percent.
The bills differ significantly when it comes to penalizing citizens who forgo health care coverage.
New York State of Health boosted sign ups for the state's Medicaid and Essential Plan offerings, as well as in the commercial plans sold on the exchange.
The state's controversial hospital tax and the federal government's elimination of the individual health care mandate bode ill for caregivers and patients alike, says John Murphy.
State officials say 243,600 New Yorkers have signed up for qualified health plans on the state health insurance exchange, exceeding last year's enrollment.